Saturday, June 16, 2012

God Provides

 37He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
 38Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.
 39He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.
 40The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
 41He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river. 

God Provides

As illustrated in Psalm 105, when God delivered His people, nothing was left out. Considering that the Israelites were slaves, despised by the Egyptian people, one would not have even considered the remote possibility that the Egyptians would heap treasures of silver and gold upon them, glad that they were leaving. Yet, that is exactly what happened.

In other words, God did not simply bring His people out of the land of Egypt, He brought them out as a wealthy people, respected and even feared by the Egyptians. Covered by His cloud of protection by day and fire by night, no evil could possibly harm them. 

How did God feed over a million people in the middle of a dry and thirsty desert land? God sent quails for their meat and manna, the bread of the angels, to sustain them. When no water was to be found, God literally opened the rock and the waters gushed out, running in the dry places like a river.

What about Christians today? Does God provide for us as He did for the Israelites? Yes! That does not mean that we are all wealthy and never hungry, at least as far as the things of this earth, but we are all wealthy with treasures from Heaven--a wealth that is far greater than any wealth known on this earth.

God has placed every single one of His children right where they are, and has given each one a specific purpose. Then, He equips and enables them to do the task He has ordained for them. No matter what way we turn, God moves us through the good and bad things that come our way, gradually shepherding us toward the path for which we were created.

Like sheep, we do not necessarily run along our pre-ordained path, but seem to try every detour we can. Our natural inclination toward sin seems to push and tug us continually in the wrong direction! As He was toward the children of Israel, so He shows patience, guiding and directing us back to the right path. 

Is their no hope for us? As creatures of this earth, we will always struggle in our walk with the Lord. Yet, God, by His infinite love and mercy moves and works among each of us, gradually bringing us closer and closer to Him. As He provided abundantly for His people, the children of Israel, so He provides for us as well.

As we read through today's verses from Psalm 105, let us remember that this same God provides just as faithfully for us, if we are His child! Little are we aware of the forces of evil that surround us and seek to keep us away from God, yet His angels are sent to keep watch over our souls. 

Yes, we can walk with confidence, as a child of God, knowing that our God provides everything we need!

How amazing is that?

God Bless You,
Linda

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